Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met three times in the month of March, holding two regular scheduled meetings and a special called work session to discuss the Fiscal Year ’20 budget.
The first meeting, on March 11, saw Council vote on three very high-profile projects. The first was a unanimous vote to approve a contract for $97,000 for installation of lighting at the Henderson Park tennis courts. Those lights, paid for by SPLOST funds, should be in place by summertime. Secondly, Council voted to hire Lowe Engineers to handle construction design on a previously-funded sidewalk along Idlewood Road. Design work for the sidewalk, which would run between Tucker Middle School and Lawrenceville Highway, should be complete this summer. Lastly, they voted to award oversight of the City’s SPLOST-funded spring road resurfacings to BM&K. The firm will handle Construction Engineering Services (CEI), ensuring that road work is done to GDOT specifications.
At the meeting on March 25, Council approved an amendment to the City Nuisance Code. The changes will give the City an additional tool in enforcement of rules pertaining to structures used for noxious reasons. Council also voted to enter into a contract with Construction 57, Inc. for construction to fill in eight sidewalk gaps around the City. The amount of the contract is not to exceed $320,000 and will address sidewalk needs along stretches of Brockett Road, Cooledge Road, Elmdale Drive, Fellowship Road and Idlewood Road. They later voted unanimously to extend an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to use court facilities in the City of Clarkston through the end of 2019.
Council also met on March 27 for a budget work session. Members of city leadership presented departmental budget proposals to Council members for their consideration. A final budget must be approved by the end of April.